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KOAA Athlete of the Week: Riley Cornelio, Pine Creek Baseball

Posted: 11:03 PM, Apr 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-25 06:45:22-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Sometimes what you want to do and what you have to do on the field are two different things but when Riley Cornelio is on the mound, he doesn’t have to choose.

“I’d say my best pitch is my fastball and my favorite pitch… is also my fastball,” Cornelio said with a laugh. “I think being able to just throw it 100% and know I have a lot of confidence in that has been good for me.”

The Pine Creek senior is 5-1 on the season with 59 strike outs and a 2.14 ERA. He’s flirted with Major League Baseball scouts but the right-hander is committed to TCU next season to play baseball.

“We had an unbelievable visit when I went there for the first time,” he said. “The atmosphere that they have over there – and really the family component they have built into a lot of the school and the sports is just amazing – and I think we just love that aspect of it.”

His dad got him into the sport as they moved around the country in the Army but he settled into the game in Colorado. Cornelio really started honing in on pitching at the end of his freshman year and the rest of the state has had problems with it ever since.

And if you’re wondering if he takes anything off it? No chance.

“Maybe I’ll spot up a little bit, but you know, 95% of the time I’m getting behind that baseball.”

And expect to see more of these pitches when Pine Creek makes noise in the state baseball tournament at the end of May.